7 Secret-Weapon Foods for Weight Loss

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Healthy Tips, June 24, 2013

Don’t waste your money on secret potions and potentially dangerous supplements to lose weight. Instead, include these real foods in your diet to help trim your waistline.

#1: Popcorn
Did you know popcorn is a whole grain? One cup of air-popped popcorn has between 30 to 55 calories and 5% of your recommended daily dose of hunger shielding fiber. Snack on 2 cups with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese or 1 tablespoon of whipped butter with ¼ teaspoon sea salt. You can also make your own in the microwave in a flash.

Recipe: Chocolate-Orange Brown Butter Flavored Popcorn

#2: Greek Yogurt
With more protein than traditional yogurt per ounce, nonfat plain Greek yogurt can fill you up so you’ll be less likely to mindlessly snack. Not sure which brand to choose? Check how popular brands fared in Dana’s taste test.

Recipe: Fruit Salad with Limoncello and Greek Yogurt

#3: Shrimp
These crustaceans pack a protein punch for very few calories. One ounce (4 large shrimp) has 30 calories, 6 grams of protein and has minimal fat.  Shrimp is also a good source of vitamin D and selenium and even contains several energy-boosting B-vitamins. If you’re allergic to shellfish or just don’t care for shrimp, choose skinless, boneless chicken breast which has 46 calories, 9 grams of protein and 1 gram of fat per ounce.

Recipe: Robin’s Coconut Shrimp

#4: Quinoa
This whole grain is packed with both hunger fighting fiber AND protein—a winning combination for weight loss. One cup of cooked quinoa has 223 calories, 5 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein. It’s also packed with nutrients like B-vitamins, potassium, zinc, iron and selenium. Add it to soups, stews, chili – anywhere you’d use rice.

Recipe: Quinoa Pilaf in Lettuce Cups

#5: Pears
A medium pear has 100 calories and is an excellent source of hunger-satisfying fiber. One of my favorite waistline-friendly snacks is 1 sliced pear with 1 ounce of low-fat cheddar cheese. The combo of fat, protein and fiber help stave off hunger and keep you satisfied longer.

Recipe: Pear Chutney

#6: Sweet Potatoes
One medium sweet potato has 105 calories, 4 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Sweet potatoes are not only filling, they’re also packed with 400% of your daily recommended amount of the antioxidant vitamin A. Make a sweet potato mash, add chunks to chili or stews or roast with a touch of cinnamon.

Recipe: Curried Sweet Potato Puree

#7: Peanut Butter
Look for natural peanut butter made from only nuts and salt. It contains a nice amount of both healthy fats and protein. One tablespoon has about 90 to 100 calories, so portion it out carefully. Use one tablespoon as a snack to dip with apples or celery and 2 tablespoons for your PB&J sandwich at lunch.

Recipe: Alton’s Peanut Butter Protein Bars

TELL US: Which secret weapon food will you be munching on?

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Comments (34)

  1. I just want to say that you should never underestimate the sea-food in your weight loss diet. I managed to get rid of many pounds by ingesting more shrimps as those are full of protein and incredibly tasty! Btw, really well written article.

  2. Joann says:

    without Paula the netwok sucks and you can bring that to the bank, my saturday is not the same without her.i dont watch that network anymore.i know a lot of people that feel the same way, every on has a slip of the tongue once in a while.

  3. Big Donnie says:

    As far as SMITHFIELD goes, if they are going to fire Ms. Deen over her comment, they need to go out to the parking lot of their plants down south and terminate anyone driving a pickup with the confederate flag in the back.

  4. Peggy Cory says:

    I always bought Smithfield hams. they were always in line pricewise , the flavor is great , and many casseroles were made from leftovers . last week i was in the ham store in Smithfield ,VA , I did not nor will not buy another ham from them . Food Network has lost another viewer. How about Ramsey ? do you think we like hearing the F–BOMB all the time? I put up with it because he does great work. I worked as a waitress for 15 years , and what goes on in high stress kitchens is a lot of pressure , anything can come out of chefs mouth as well as wait staff.
    Paula got slammed because someone had a grudge , and she made it worst by BEING HONEST . If she denied it , all would be well . look at Washing , DC . So much for honesty !!! there is no loyalty from FOOD NETWORK . PEGGY

  5. Siggy says:

    Sad day when food network got involved with Paulas private past life which is none of their business unless it is of a criminal issue leave it alone and rehire Paula ASAP.

  6. Karon Chang says:

    Come on food network. Admit you over reacted, apologize to Paula and bring her back. I'm very disappointed that you didn't have her back after all the good she's done for your programming.

  7. Leroy says:

    Though i do not agree with the decision of the food network i have to say anyone who thinks they will not survive without her is mistaken. Remember when they started it was Sara and Emerill that made them and they no longer have shows. Now it is Guy, Bobby, Giada that make them who they are.

  8. Ga Peach says:

    I think it is truly sad how insensitive people are when they are the majority and not the minority. Being a woman of color I was deeply offended not as much by what she said but the fact that she was planning a wedding with a slave theme. I think it is offensive to ask people of color to reenact a part of a very painful history to celebrate what should be a joyous occassion. Slavery was a horrible time in our history and is nothing to celebrate. In my opinion I saw her apology and thought it was insincere especially when she ends it with a statement like "I is what I is".

  9. la regal says:

    STOP TELLING PEOPLE NONFAT YOGURT IS BETTER FOR THEM THAN LOWFAT!!! C'mon, folks, y'all need to do your research. If all i can find in the supermarket is nonfat, I just stir in a very small amount (like, a teaspoon or two ) of heavy cream or sour cream, or even flaxseed oil.

  10. Jeet Chowhan says:

    Very interesting list of foods which rather can be some of weapons to battle weight loss. Just would love to know how do shrimps help in weight loss,as they contain cholesterol in them. Proteins can be a shield to defend the stubborn fat but it interests me to know more about what to eat what not to. would also like to know more about good fats and their benefits for health.

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